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By J. G. Farrell

ISBN-10: 1590171365

ISBN-13: 9781590171363

Singapore, 1939: lifestyles at the eve of global conflict II simply isn't what it was once for Walter Blackett, head of British Singapore's oldest and strongest enterprise. irrespective of how forcefully the police holiday one strike, the natives pass on strike in different places. His daughter retains entangling herself with the main mistaken beaus, whereas her meant fit, the son of Blackett's companion, is an idealistic sympathizer with the League of countries and a vegetarian. company could be booming—what with the conflict in Europe, the Allies are determined for rubber and helpless to withstand Blackett's price-fixing and industry manipulation—but anything is inaccurate. not anyone suspects that the realm of the British Empire, of fastened obstacles among sessions and countries, is ready to come back to a negative end.

A love tale and a warfare tale, a tragicomic story of a urban lower than siege and a demise lifestyle, The Singapore Grip completes the “Empire Trilogy” that started with Troubles and the Booker prize-winning Siege of Krishnapur.

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Instead, as the dialogue moves forwards so the signifying possibilities of this term seem to expand. It is the art of ordering one’s household (or managing one’s wife to order one’s household); it is also an art of farming, and an art of military strategy and imperial government. 50 They also alert us to its rhetorical dimension: its use of displacement – represented in Socrates’ original refusal to teach Ischomachus – to make others feel as if they are becoming independent agents even as they are being enlisted to serve one’s interests.

In this form speakers tend to recognise that an opponent has something useful to say. One way of illustrating the difference between the two styles is to consider the way in which Cicero’s speakers use Socratic irony, the ‘pretended ignorance’ named in De oratore as dissimulatio and employed by Antonius, one of two leading speakers in this dialogue about the ideal orator. As we will see in chapter 2, Antonius does not feign ignorance in a round-about attempt to destroy the beliefs of his audience.

D omestical conversation I do not want to suggest, however, that this courtesy book is successful in its provision of an ‘honest’ critique, that is, a critique which makes transparent power within social exchange. Or to argue that it expresses genuine rivalry. One of the paradoxes of mid-century courtesy books like Guazzo’s is that civil conversation is discussed as a means of breaking down traditional social barriers and of reinforcing difference. This paradoxical opening and 34 Rhetoric and Courtliness in Early Modern Literature closing of the possibility for interaction seems to be repeated in the form of the treatise itself.

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